Meet the Teaching Agency in Stoke

The teaching agency in Stoke office covers Stoke, Staffordshire and East Cheshire, and we have recently started working with schools in Derbyshire. After opening the office in September 2011, we have built strong relationships with local Primary and Secondary schools and provide them with a high quality local service! Our teaching agency in Stoke offers a personal service to our Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Cover Supervisors by listening to their needs and placing them in schools and positions that suit them.

Emily Faragher Emily Faragher

Emily is passionate about all things education having worked within the education sector for over 7 years, working for a national education charity for 4 years prior to starting here at Academics. Emily is a Staffordshire girl and a Keele University graduate, where she gained her degree in Education & Psychology and also met her husband. Outside of work she enjoys Zumba and Spinning, allowing her to indulge (guilt-free) in her other passion - baking!

Matthew Picariello Matthew Picariello

Matt has been involved in Recruitment for almost 10 years, working across different sectors such as Industrial, Banking, and Sales. However, more recently his girlfriend became a teacher herself, prompting Matt to look at opportunities to work within the education sector. Since joining Academics, Matt has built strong relationships with local primary schools across North Staffordshire and East Cheshire and strives to provide a personable service to both schools and to all our teachers as he knows from first hand experience how hard teachers work! Outside of work Matt loves sports, especially golf, football and snooker, and enjoys going on walks and taking in the views of the English Countryside. Who doesn’t?

David Arthur David Arthur

David joined the Stoke team in December 2015 and works with Primary & Secondary schools and teachers across Cheshire. His wife has been a Primary school teacher since 2002, and they have 3 children currently in school so his life now revolves around education. David was previously a retail manager for over 15 years, and it is there that he has built his skill set building relationships with a huge variety of people and he prides himself on his people and customer service skills!

At home, David has a Cockapoo, who along with the kids take up most of his spare time. Any time he does get to himself is spent playing and watching football, especially his team Liverpool! He is also a Crime Fiction fan, his favourite author being Lee Child and his character Jack Reacher.

Jade Parr Jade Parr

Jade joined Academics in the summer of 2017 to start up a secondary desk in the Stafford area specialising in daily and long term supply. Jade is a very sociable person so she really enjoys the relationship building side to her role, as well as furthering her knowledge of the education sector.

She has lived in Staffordshire all her life so she is very familiar with the area and the local schools.

Jade’s spare time is mostly taken up by her Miniature Dachshund, Rupert who is glued to her side. She also loves eating out and has an addiction to fast food so she also tries to venture to the gym when she can.

Hannah Roberts Hannah Roberts

Hannah joined Academics in July 2019 as Candidate Resourcer to find the best teaching and support staff for our schools! Within the Resourcer role, Hannah maintains and builds on a strong pipeline of candidates for our dedicated consultants. Hannah has a great understanding of education recruitment as prior to this she looked after apprenticeship recruitment within FE and she has also worked in NEET recruitment for a local training provider. Hannah loves engaging with new people and is often remembered by others for her big cheesy grin! Not a lot of people know that Hannah is a University of Gloucestershire Film Graduate and is a huge fan of movie musicals. You will often see Hannah partake in Park Run at the weekends or she is usually found dog sitting her sisters French Bulldog!

Bethan Foulkes Bethan Foulkes

Beth joined the Academics Stoke team in March 2019 and is our Special Educational Needs Consultant. Before joining Academics Stoke, Bethan worked in SEN education and Alternative Provisions for 6 years, and is now using this experience in a new sector to support children with additional needs across the area. Beth is passionate about alternative and SEN education, having first hand experience of what a challenging sector it can be, and relishes the opportunity to ensure that our schools and staff are supported to be the best they can be.

In her free time Beth is an avid reader of classics, a devoted reptile and rodent mum, and yoga enthusiast.

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